MANAGER’S REACTION: Mick McCarthy apologises for performance, but delighted with goalless draw at Huddersfield

Saturday, February 23, 2013
6:10 PM

Huddersfield v Ipswich: BLUES boss Mick McCarthy admits this afternoon’s goalless draw at Huddersfield was a dreadful spectacle – but he’s delighted with the point.

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With his side producing just one shot on target against their fellow Championship strugglers – a team who had conceded 10 goals in their previous two matches – McCarthy said: “It was two bang ordinary teams playing on a lousy pitch. It’s a difficult surface, they have rugby on it, and it doesn’t help anyone play.

“We’re both nervous, looking at the wrong end of the table, and that doesn’t promote or produce wonderfully free-flowing football with all those circumstances.

“I’ll take the point all day long. I’ve never had a bad point away from home.”

He continued: “We didn’t play particularly well, but went to Bristol City and had loads of shots on target and got beat 2-1.

“We try to play well, but some days it doesn’t happen. Today we got a point and I’ll take it all day long.

“It’s their home game and this result keeps them down there.

“Bristol City and Barnsley did it to us (got draws at Portman Road) and we all talked about how it was two points dropped. Perhaps we should be saying how it’s two points dropped for Huddersfield today?

“We should all be saying how delighted we are with a point today. Let’s put perspective on it here.

“If you’d have offered me a point before the game I wouldn’t have even got on the bus. I’d have stayed down in Ipswich and not bothered travelling four-and-a-half hours and nearly having a bleeding heart attack in the last minute.

“I apologise for the **** standard of game that you’ve just all watched, but I’m not going to apologise for getting a point away from home – no way!

“It was pretty poor, but it’s a point. And if we stay up with one point we’ll be looking back on this as a great result.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy confirmed that 21-year-old Manchester United defender Reece Brown has joined the club on loan until the end of the season.

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match comment, analysis and more reaction.

24 comments

  • brisie58 - not sure why you're having a go at Rob for using a dictionary - it helps avoid silly mistakes. If you look at your comments on the match report you're actually suggesting that we've got 'god' for cover..........see my very drole reply (no dictionay used)

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Why another defender MM? What's so difficult about getting a creative midfielder who can also score a goal? Hull just signed one form Peterborough in George Boyd why didn't you?

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    Brian Betts

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • I think mccarthy you should apologise for being towns manager, you are simply a terrible hypocritical waste of space. 2 awful teams which were a disgrace to the division, think these teams would struggle in my pub team. Huddersfield are on a terrible run of form letting in 10 goals in their last 2 matches and town could only muster one shot on goal let alone a chance. I think since mccarthy took over town have sunk to new lows and look destined for relegation and the abyss!!!

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    ged scott

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Whatever is in the tap water at Portman Road it turns opportunistic, gravy-train riding managers into clueless embarrassing clods who put their feet in their mouths every time they talk. Embassingly, Yorkshire Jewell came up with some excellent advice for Town 'supporters' with this contemptible rubbish...“If you’d have offered me a point before the game I wouldn’t have even got on the bus. I’d have stayed down in Ipswich and not bothered travelling four-and-a-half hours and nearly having a bleeding heart attack in the last minute". There you have it from the gravy-train rider's mouth.... stay away. Excellent advice for anyone who actually cares about Ipswich Town.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • I can't see where the goals are going to come from either - not one shot on target and no midfield, no creativity, back on a downward spiral heading to League One with no sign of a solution...

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Steroo,your comments are so dross and deserve one place and that's in the rubbish bin at carrow road where you belong.so take your dictionary put it under your wings and fly north to cromer and stay there.

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    brisie58

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Onefineday doesn't make a Summer Real supporter

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Excellent away point.Well done Mick. Ignore the amateur pundits on here. They can't see the bigger picture and are only concerned with the here and now. Real educated fans know better

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    Onefineday

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Sorry, paid many tens of thousands to watch the town over the past 50 years so feel I have both an opinion and a right to have a view. I have supported Ipswich more then MM, ME and many others will ever be able to... and my pennies mean something to me ....

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Mr.ShrimpCall yourself a true supporter.I don't think so.

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    brisie58

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Old timer may I suggest you check your spelling in future ,it is not always that clever,is it.refer to three posts last week.!

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    brisie58

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Awful, dreadful, poor, terrible, useless, abysmal, shameful, embarrassing, useless, not one shot on target? A captain who was the worst player on the pitch? What on earth is happening at our club? MM, are you seeing your pension out or are you seeking an ambitious swan song? Two MD's whee once one was too much? An efficiency drive? Then get rid of all the wasteful loan contracts!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Happy with a point at Huddersfield! A club scraping along the bottom of the league against an ambitious Town side with [still] a lot of quality players in it - do me a favour Mick. If this is how low our expectations have sunk, it is a very sad reflection on a great club. I live in Bournemouth now and still travel to see Town but it looks like they will swap places next season and save me the bother AND huge cost. If that's how ambitious we are then why should I bother?

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    John Maynard

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Huddersfield are on a dreadful run - 1 win in now 17, lost their last 2 games really badly so we should have won this comfortably. Another view : Prior to todays game their last 6 home games had been 5 draws and 1 win against Palace. Not a great performance, but look at the stats above. I take a point - job done.

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    dbr

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • MM is fully aware of Town's .shortcomings, but it's very difficult getting in quality midfielders at this stage of the season. Teams that are struggling in the Premiership want to hold on to their best players and teams fighting to either stay in the Championship or go for the playoffs are not going to let their best players go now. Mick is just trying to get us through to the end of the season in this Division and then I feel he should cherry pick players from the relegated sides.

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    whymarkmariner

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Some body help me see where the points are going to come from on current form, All the teams below us are fighting hard, but we seem to role over and let are belly's get tickled. Show us what you are all made of and get stuck in ITFC, make us all proud and give us fans some hope for next season.

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    bald_mammoth

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Onefineday, When was that then?

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    bald_mammoth

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Stero.oh ! That's good coming from you.why don't you fall off your perch.

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    brisie58

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Some of you on this page apart from Whymark mariner,need to get real.MM is doing the best he can with SOME of the dross he was left by PJ.As long as MM keeps us up what is the problem.Get behind the club,stop knocking it.The real test will be next season.

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    brisie58

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • A very hollow apology. MM is one of the better managers we have had in recent years but he sets his sights low and then under delivers. Continuing with Edwards as Captain appears lazy as I can't believe that MM actually thinks he is competent. Edwards must one of if not the worst Captain we have ever had. He was certainly the worst right back and might be the worst right winger. Combine those credentials with his much reported off-field antics and then explain why he is Captain?

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    peter sadler

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • Time for some people on this site to wake up and smell the bacon.Do they not see that when mm took over we were bottom and if you add all are results together since we would be top 6.(fact).Lets jut hope we stay up and mm keep going what a great job you are doing.

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    Kingy

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • DELIGHTED ???? IN YORKSHIRE DO THAT MEAN ( BLOODY DREADFUL ) MR McCARTHY PLEASE DON'T MAKE SILLY STATEMENTS LIKE THIS ,,,ITS BEEN GOING ON FOR 3 OR 4 SEASONS ,,, THANK YOU

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    MIGUEL100

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • I travelled from Southampton to Huddersfield to watch the worst game of football I've seen in over 55 years of following Ipswich. Both teams were probably playing according to their managers' instructions but that doesn't excuse the woefully inaccurate shooting and hapless passing displayed by both teams on what didn't appear to be that bad a pitch. Neither set of players appeared to show any sense of ambition and were paralysed at the thought of losing. In the case of the home team, this was as a result of suffering two heavy defeats in a row; in Ipswich's case, it seemed a case of one point is better than nothing. In all, it added up to the most dreadful non-event. I still have total faith in Mick McCarthy - a man of experience and strong character. However, I can't imagine there can be three worse teams in the division than these two and on this showing, relegation looks likely for both. Maybe, when backed into a corner, teams come out fighting, as we've seen with each of our relegation rivals in turn. I just hope we can show that same sense of urgency in the next few matches..

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    Rod Cross

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • brisie I take it from your snide comment on Bertie Shrimp's reasonable equating of gravy-train riding management at Offshore Investment FC with a risible quiz show... ie huge rewards for very little which seems entirely reasonable given Yorkshire Jewell being hugely bonused for 'achieving' the inevitable means that in the recesses of your own mind you are a 'true supporter'. Interesting because from your comments you appear anything but a true supporter of Ipswich Town who would surely find the current situation embarrassing, abhorent and utterly unworthy.

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    Rob Steroo

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

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